Responsible Investment

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Help your clients make a true impact in a changing world

Investors are becoming increasingly interested in environmental and social issues and may be looking to ensure their investment portfolio reflects their concerns about sustainability. Responsible investment (RI) can offer your clients concrete solutions that can make a positive impact on the world and potentially on their portfolio at the same time.

  • Solid

    120 years strong

    Desjardins remains a trustworthy institution for more than 7 million members and clients. With $25 billion in capital, Desjardins ranks among the strongest financial groups in the world and uses a responsible and cautious management approach to protect investor’s assets.

  • Eco-conscious

    $2.75 billion1

    Committed to sustainable development, responsible finance and climate action, Desjardins supports sustainable prosperity with an investment of $2.75 billion in renewable energy and cleantech sectors.

  • Innovative

    30 years of RI

    Desjardins has been a Canadian pioneer in responsible investment since 1990. Our goal is to equip advisors to become their clients’ trusted source for RI. We apply our expertise to make it easy for advisors to incorporate these solutions into client investment plans and seize the compelling opportunities offered by the world’s move to a more sustainable economy.

The growing popularity of RI2

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Institutional investors assets under management invested in RI2 (as at December 31, 2017, %)

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Canada’s #1 RI solutions provider working for your clients


The largest range of RI solutions in Canada, with over 25 product options, and the most comprehensive selection of thematic funds aimed at generating positive impacts for society and the planet.


The first Canadian financial institution to sign the UN Principles for:

  • Responsible Investment
  • Sustainable Insurance
  • Responsible Banking

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The first Canadian financial institution to offer a range of mutual funds with access to all the major asset classes, including exposure to:

  • high-yield bonds
  • emerging markets
  • small and mid-cap companies


Partner of choice providing value for to advisor:

  • Webinars
  • Certified training
  • Sales documents

Studies on responsible investment highlight that having stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices can potentially have a positive impact on financial performance3 4.

  • Business Opportunities in RI

    Can responsible investment create value? What are the bottom-line benefits for companies that adopt stringent environmental practices?

    Discover how RI can lead your clients to strong companies that also make a positive environmental impact.

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  • Our Distinctive Approach to RI

    Want to know more about real-world investment cases of the positive impacts generated by Desjardins’ RI solutions?

    Find out how Desjardins is helping to achieve tangible results.

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  • RI Solutions for any Client Need

    Did you know that Desjardins offers the widest range of RI products available in Canada?

    25 distinct solutions: a comprehensive product range that helps you fulfill any of your client investing/RI goals.

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  • Trends in RI

    What business opportunities are available and which client segments are most receptive to RI?

    Find out how to grow your practice with RI.

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  • Our RI Expertise

    What RI strategies does Desjardins apply to the development of its investment solutions?

    Find out how our portfolio managers directly influence the companies selected for investment.

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  • Responsible Investment Articles

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Materials and training

  1. 1. Desjardins. 2019 Social and Cooperative Responsibility Report: working together. - External link. Opens in a new window. March 25, 2020, p. 7. [cited April 28, 2020].
  2. 2. Responsible Investment Association. 2018 Canadian Responsible Investment Trends Report: October 2018. - External link. Opens in a new window. RIA,2018. [cited April 28, 2020].
  3. 3. Sloggett, Justin, et al. A Practical Guide to ESG Integration for Equity Investing - External link. Opens in a new window.. Principle for responsible Investment (PRI), UNEP Finance Initiative and UN Global Compact, 2016. [cited March 23, 2020].
  4. 4. Morrow, Doug, et al. Understanding ESG incidents: key lessons for investors. - External link. Opens in a new window. Sustainalytics in RechearchGate, 2017, PDF. [cited March 23, 2020]. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34130.66247